Recently the internet blew up following the reveal of scandal involving two Youtubers, Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Tom “Syndicate” Cassell, and a website called CSGO Lotto. The site allows players, as young as 13 to bet weapon skins they earned in Counter Strike: Global Offensive for actual money. These two Youtubers have made many a video showing them winning big amounts of money from CSGO Lotto. But it was recently revealed, via a video by H3H3 Productions, that Martin and Cassell are in fact the owners of the site CSGO Lotto. However the pair never disclosed this information, leading many to say that they in fact used their massive Youtube fan base to make money. I’ll leave the rest for H3H3 tot explain. The video is below and is really worth a watch.
Well now Valve, who developed CS:GO with Hidden Path Entertainment, have come forward with statement regarding the scandal and the lawsuit they are now involved in because of the scandal. Valve’s Erik Johnson has stated
“In 2011, we added a feature to Steam that enabled users to trade in-game items as a way to make it easier for people to get the items they wanted in games featuring in-game economies. … Since then a number of gambling sites started leveraging the Steam trading system, and there’s been some false assumptions about our involvement with these sites …. We’d like to clarify that we have no business relationships with any of these sites … We have never received any revenue from them. And Steam does not have a system for turning in-game items into real world currency”.
Johnson goes on to explain that these sites are breaching user agreements and so Valve will be requesting that these sites stop using Steam.
“We are going to start sending notices to these sites requesting they cease operations through Steam, and further pursue the matter as necessary. Users should probably consider this information as they manage their in-game item inventory and trade activity.”
This whole series of events is of course still in progress and Games Bulletin will keep you updated as events progress. But what do you think? Are these Youtubers in the wrong for not disclosing they own the site CS:GO Lotto? What’s your opinion of the sites in general? Let us know in the comments.